*2020 DATE TBC* Join Britain's most beautiful city run on London's closed roads, then kick back with family and friends at the Food & Fitness Festival.
A stunning central London half marathon that takes in the capital's world-famous landmarks on a traffic-free route. It's also one of the UK's most popular half marathons, covering four of London's eight Royal Parks over a picturesque 13.1-mile route.
Starting and finishing at Hyde Park and making its way through Royal parks such as Green Park, St James' Park and Kensington Gardens, you'll get the chance to experience all the beautiful autumnal splendour that London has to offer, all on a flat, fast course.
Not only this, but the unforgettable route provides sights from across London, including Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and Royal Albert Hall.
The fantastic Food & Fitness Festival at race HQ provides entertainment, creative family activities, live music and most importantly a vibrant array of food for you and all the friends and family to enjoy.
Stepping up from the 10K/10-mile distance? The Royal Parks Half provides a flat, scenic route to ease you into the longer distance - you'll be so caught up in the surroundings, you won't even notice that 13.1 miles have gone by!
Your friends and family can track your progress around the course using the tracker app for iPhone and Android. The app is also useful for finding your way around the Festival.
There's plenty to do in London if you're looking to make a weekend of it.
Explore London's food scene with the London Restaurant Festival - 60 events taking place throughout October from chef-hosted lunches to tasting menus and restaurant-hopping tours.
Need something to entertain the kids? Take a ride on the magnificent London Eye or pop over to London Zoo in Regent's Park to meet over 650 species of animals.
“I absolutely love this event, this is the second time I've done the Royal Parks Half and I will certainly be returning next year, it's such a beautiful run, the atmosphere is amazing, it's a very eco-friendly event and even the medals are unique and gorgeous. Thank you so much for a wonderful time.” - Yasmin
“The whole experience was excellent. So lucky with the weather and so the parks looked beautiful. The most important for me, though, was the atmosphere of goodwill amongst the runners, supporters and volunteers.” - Philippa
Sixty-six percent of all waste from the event is recycled and now avoids landfill sites. It is important to the race organisers that they not only protect the Parks but do their bit to reduce impact on the wider world.
2018 - Most Effective Use Of Mass Participation Sponsorship
2017 - Best New Race of the Decade
2016 - Shortlisted at the BT Sport Industry Awards and Running Awards
2013 - Best Fundraising Event
2011 - Best Outdoor Event
2009 - Sponsorship Award (Charity & Community)
2008 - Best New Event
This award-winning event was set up as an annual fundraising initiative, raising sustainable funds for the Royal Parks Foundation to support London’s eight Royal Parks, and enabling charities of all sizes to be involved in a major challenge event.
Over the last 11 years the event has exceeded all expectations in raising over £43 million for over 1,000 UK charities.
Run for charity and benefit from a free or heavily discounted registration fee in return for a small fundraising amount.
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes.
Diabetes UK is the charity leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK - more than dementia and cancer combined. That means we need to take action now. It’s a fight that involves all of us – sharing knowledge and taking diabetes on together until we achieve our vision. Join us.
Registered no: 215199.
Caring for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.
Through their eight teams of Support Workers across the UK, the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides assistance and support to children with a life threatening or terminal illness and their families.
In 2017/18 they helped 2,500 families but their vision is that every family in the UK who has a child with a life threatening illness should get the support they need.
Registered no: 1070532.
Secure your place for £10
All of us against arthritis.
Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care have merged. We are now Versus Arthritis. We’re the carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, friends and fundraisers, all united in our ambition to ensure that one day, no one will have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation that arthritis causes.
We fund breakthrough treatments, campaign relentlessly for arthritis to be seen as a priority, and support each other whenever we need it.
Registered no: 207711 / SC041146.
Care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves. It's fatal with no known cure. We fund vital research into causes, treatments and a cure, providing care and support to those affected and raise awareness of the disease throughout society.
Registered no: 294354.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
No child should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind
The Royal Society for Blind Children supports blind and partially sighted children and young people across England and Wales, where there are estimated to be 36,000. This charity helps them to build friendships, independence and to fulfil their potential and supports their families too.
With four more children diagnosed with sight loss every day, the charity needs support from people like you to continue their work.
Registered no: 307892.
We run 21 rehoming centres to save over 16,000 abandoned dogs annually.
Dogs Trust care for over 15,000 dogs each year at their 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland and never put a healthy dog to sleep. They promote responsible dog ownership with training and education to prevent abandonment where possible.
Of funds you raise, £20 helps to buy a dog bed or £50 can help with the cost of neutering a dog in their care.
A dog is for Life, not just for Christmas ©
Registered no: 227523 / SC037843.
Offering specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for families living with dementia through our world-class Admiral Nurses.
Dementia UK's Admiral Nurses and helpline provide specialist care and support for over 50,000 people across the UK affected by dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK will rise to over one million by 2021 and their ultimate target is to have 800 Admiral Nurses across all counties of the UK offering face to face contact.
With your help £27 could pay for an Admiral Nurse for an hour or £70 could help fund a Helpline Admiral Nurse for two hours.
Registered no: 1039404.
Leading the battle against Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Our mission is to work with all those affected by Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis & other forms of IBD to achieve a better quality of life, improve services, & ultimately find a cure.
Registered no: 1117148.
The voice of learning disability
Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.
Mencap improves the lives of people with a learning disability and their families now, and fight alongside them for a better future. We team up with our network of over 400 local groups to reach people across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Registered no: 222377.
Working to keep children worldwide safe from danger
Millions of children are in danger - right now - facing war, disaster, violence, hunger and disease. Unicef ensures more children get life-saving food, vaccinations, education and protection than anyone else. We can build a safer world for children with your help.
Registered no: 1072612 (Eng & Wales) SC043677 (Scot).
Help us be there for young people who need us.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. We’re the only charity dedicated to providing expert care and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. We treat them as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.
Registered no: 1062559.
Dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children.
NDCS work in the UK and worldwide to provide support on childhood deafness and campaign for the rights of deaf children. With a vision of a world with no barriers for deaf children, £12.50 could fund 20 minutes helpline support where a family who have just found out that their baby is deaf or £102 could provide four sign language classes a year for parents in Kenya to communicate with their deaf child for the first time.
Registered no: 1016532.
The leading UK charity striving to beat multiple sclerosis.
MS can develop at any age and is for life. People in the UK are most likely to get a diagnosis in their thirties, but symptoms may be noticed years before. The MS Society aim to find a cure by conducting critical research and support people with MS through their campaigning, helpline and local community groups.
£10 of funds you raise could help them support someone calling the MS Helpline or £240 could help fund a short break for someone with MS.
Registered no: 1139257.
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